Capture any text on your Mac's screen

Digitize images and PDFs to searchable PDFs using OCR right on your Mac.

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Works best on MacOS 11 Big Sur
Compatible with MacOS 10.15 Catalina

How does it work?

Glad you asked. Couldn't be easier.

Easy and instant

1. Press Cmd+F1 or select screen capture from the menubar.
2. Select area on screen.
3. Paste text (Cmd+V) anywhere.
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is used to extract text from the screen area.

The processing is done right on your Mac for near instantenous results.
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Privacy secured

Your screenshots and files never leave your machine.

The text recognition algorithm that is used has been developed by Apple and is a part of your MacOS operating system and is only run on your device.

We never ask for or require any of your personal information or your data.

Multiple input methods supported

OwlOCR is the only app for the Mac that will allow you to input via screenshots, image or PDF files or even using your iOS device camera.

Create searchable PDFs

Any inputs can be exported to searchable PDFs.

1. Drag and drop the non-searchable files into OwlOCR - or take screenshots / iOS scans.
2. Run text recognition and export.
3. Exported PDF includes invisible text layers that can be searched by most PDF readers.

See it in action

MacOS 10.15 Catalina or newer required


Free Forever
  • Unlimited high quality text recognition on-device securely and incredibly fast
  • Grab a screen area for instant OCR and results copied to clipboard
  • Grab multiple areas of your screen for instant OCR and concatenated results copied to clipboard
  • Use Finder Extensions to trigger main use cases right from Finder
  • Drag and drop documents to the app to convert to text
  • OCR page-by-page in multi-page documents
  • Take a photo or scan documents with your iOS device, directly from the app
  • Export searchable PDFs
  • Export OCR results to text files
  • Custom dictionary
  • Line spacing and word wrapping options
  • Keyboard shortcut Cmd + F1 (configurable) for a screen grab
  • Keyboard shortcut Cmd + F2 (configurable) for multiple screen grabs
  • Notifications on OCR completion
  • Input filetypes supported: PDF, PNG, JPEG, GIF, HEIC
  • Language support under MacOS 11: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.
  • Language support under MacOS 10.15: English.
  • Many customization options like Menu Bar -only mode, screenshot sounds, storage directories and more
  • Apple M1, Dark Mode and MacOS Big Sur support


$16.99 Lifetime License*
  • All Core Features
  • Batch OCR multi-page PDFs or multiple images files in a single fast run, using all your CPU cores
  • Batch process multiple files in a single go right from Finder using Finder Extensions
  • Use multiple screenshot feature to capture up to 20 concatenated screenshots
  • Configure post-processing rules for Find/Replace behaviour and Smart Quotes substitution
  • Karma boost for supporting indie Mac apps
3 week Pro trial is automatically provided on installation.
No sign-up required.
* $16.99 (USD) or local currency equivalent